By

Melishia Brooks
  Dear 2020, This is a break-up letter. I am sure you haven’t gotten one of these in a while. I feel childish and petty writing this, honestly, but I know this is the best way to communicate my true feelings. It is over. What we had is done. You probably won’t take any responsibility...
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Dear Natalie,   As we celebrate, organizationally, the Black women who inspire us to be our best selves, I wanted to take the time to celebrate you. You are love, in its purest, most genuine form. I have admired you as a mentor since I was 17-years-old. You have been a part of every major life...
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I knew from the first day I entered  Greenville-Weston High School I didn’t want to be a classroom teacher for the rest of my life. This wasn’t a negative thought that accompanied first-day jitters. I’d wanted to be a teacher for years. The feeling crept in, settled down and embedded itself into my being when...
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My fondest childhood memories all happen in the summer. If I am even more specific, they’re all centered in the month of July. Fourth of July celebrations in my family were always a huge deal, mainly because our paternal matriarch, Great Grandmother Mattie, was born on that day in 1913. Her mother was born a...
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We are a family of six: mommy, daddy, and two sets of children—an almost 11-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. The age gap between the pairs has proven to have its fair share of advantages and challenges in many areas, especially family entertainment. Family entertainment is a challenge...
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I became a mother at the age of 19. My high school sweetheart and I took a huge leap into parenthood. For him, there were many insecurities and doubts about our ability to be good parents. I recall him having so many questions. Me, on the other hand? I was secure in my ability to...
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I will be the first to admit when comedienne Mo’Nique took to social media a couple months ago to ask people to boycott Netflix, I laughed. I heard her request and wrote her off. There was just no way I was going to give up a pleasure because she was upset about a bum deal....
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Let me get some important identifiers out of the way: I am a Black, woman educator who makes no qualms about the importance of the education of Black children. I do not apologize or make excuses for my Blackness and the way it shows up as I work alongside white teachers in an educational system...
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